ARTIST LEGERE

"Phoebe Legere is a transdisciplinary artist. Her multi-format artworks issue from a powerful and intimate internal voice."
~The Brooklyn Rail

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ken Little Hawk Tribute at White Feather Farm Hosted by Phoebe Legere, August 13th

 



Phoebe Legere announces:

"Ken Little Hawk tribute at White Feather Farm on August 13 at 7:30 - with flute virtuoso 3 Ravens & organized by composer/pianist/seer Sylvie Degiez ** I'll do 3 Wabanaki traditionals plus a Power Death Song I composed for my teacher, Little Hawk."


Location

White Feather Farm

1389 New York 212

Saugerties, NY 12477


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Phoebe Legere & Her Magical ART LAB STUDIO

 


"My new studio overlooks the legendary Amster Yard of Pushpin Studio fame. Hilary Knight brought me into this beautiful garden landmark to show it to me. Ir is a shrine to the lost art of drawing."  ~~ Phoebe Legere

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Phoebe Legere Teaches Art in Maine


 Instructor: Phoebe "Songbundle" Legere


The Visual Language of the Abenaki is 11,000 years old. It's much more than just design or craft. These symbols reveal the Great Mystery of Creation itself. 

 

Phoebe Legere shows how the characteristic movements of water - waves, eddies, currents, whirlpools, spirals - became the building blocks of evolution. Draw ANYTHING using Abenaki symbols as the foundation. 

 

Learn what these patterns REALLY mean! We'll use them to create Abstract paintings, realistic drawing and finally landscapes! Phoebe "Songbundle" Legere is a descendant of the Kennebec Abenaki. We'll use music, observation and discussion to uncover the profound Visual Language of the Abenaki. 

 

The Symbols of the Abenaki are a Holy Book that pre-dates Christianity. "Phoebe Songbundle teaches by telling Abenaki stories using live drawing and painting. It's an interdisciplinary performance that will inspire you dedicate your own life to Art."

https://schoodicartsforall.org/.../flowing-with-the.../

Friday, July 22, 2022

"Festival de la Posibilidad" Is A Hit Say Community Parents & Children

The Foundation for New American Art nonprofit has been flooded with calls, emails and texts from parents and community members wanting to know if the "Festival de la Posibilidad" will be repeated next summer! Congratulations to Phoebe Legere, Executive Director, of the arts education organization and to the National Endowment for the Arts that gave a "Challenge America" grant to the Foundation to help sponsor the event.

Focusing on cultural diversity in the neighborhood, the Saturday night, July 16, concert featured dozens of artists hailing from countries with a rich heritage reflecting in both the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts in New York City.



Phoebe Songbundle welcomes the audience with a 10,000 year old #Abenaki Kwai Kwai song on Cedar Flute. Note Abenaki mocs handbeaded. I'll be teaching an arts workshop called "Flowing with the Abenaki" at Winter Harbor Schoodic Festival of the Arts on July 27 from 1-4. We still have a few places left. I'll show how to use our symbols, derived from the characteristic movements of fluids & morphologies of living forms for abstract and representational work. The workshop is held in sight of Winter Harbor = Paradise. Dm me for more info. Schoodic Institute photo: William William S. Niederkorn 




 Maria Raquel opened the show. We've never heard such beautiful music! She is a great great singer and superb tradition bearer from beautiful #Medellin, #Columbia.photo: William William S. Niederkorn The sound was mixed by Mr. Kitty (Brian Park) from The Color Wheel.



Tamir from Inner Tamir Mongolia taught us many many things. Here he is making the most exquisite sounds! photo: William William S. Niederkorn

 

"We made movies both days Salieu Suso my beautiful friend. We'll have much better photos and movies soon! I have to do some book keeping and communication and organization right now. This was taken by my friend William William S. Niederkorn! THANK YOU THANK YOU!, " said Phoebe Legere. 



The Children's Mural was a big hit! Miguel Juarena puts his heart into Blue. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos! And a big THANK YOU To Materials for the Arts for donating much needed art supplies for the Festival for the children to use to express their creativity, their hope and their dreams. 


Materials for the Arts is New York City's premier creative reuse center, which provides NYC arts nonprofits, public schools and City agencies with access to free materials. 



Brian Park, (below), Sound Engineer, for the Festival. Brian also plays the part of Mr. Kitty in the Foundation for New American Art edutainment series called "THE COLOR WHEEL."  


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Fun, Family Friendly "Festival de la Posibilidad" Welcomes Community to Cultural Diversity Outdoor Event

 The "Festival de la Posibilidad," created and hosted by arts education nonprofit Foundation for New American Art, invited the community to an afternoon of fun entertainment and educational art, music and dance workshops for children and adults on July 17. The event was sponsored in part by a "Challenge America" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On July 16, the "Festival" hosted a musical concert in the Clemente Center Theater that celebrated cultural diversity. Artists and musicians from Africa, the Caribbean, Columbia and China performed at the standing room only event.


Phoebe Legere, the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for New American Art, entertained children in an edu-tainment puppet show celebrating the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo.

For more information on the Foundation or to make a 100% tax deductible to support their work, please visit: foundationfornewamericanart.org 


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Countdown to "Festival de la Posibilidad" July 16 & 17! Music, Art, Concert, Dance Workshops & More!


 FESTIVAL DE LA POSIBILIDAD is a FESTIVAL OF POSSIBILITIES! 

Arts Education Nonprofit Hosts Celebration of Cultural Diversity 

July 16 & 17, Lower East Side/NYC 

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Contact: info@foundationfornewamericanart.org


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The Foundation for New American Art, an arts education nonprofit dedicated to nurturing the visionary artists of tomorrow, is hosting a two-day festival of multi-cultural arts, music, dance and creative experiences for all ages. 


The family friendly free festival of fun will be held July 16 & 17 at The Clemente Cultural and Educational Center, in the heart of the lower east side at 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002 and will feature performances and workshops by master artists and musicians from Africa, Latin America and China. 


Foundation for New American Art (FNAA), a 501c3 nonprofit founded by multi-disciplinary artist Phoebe Legere, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to assist in producing the multi-cultural family festival. 


NEWSFLASH Our Saturday night concert is SOLD OUT but we are taking names for the waiting list. People who made a Donation in 2022 to our Foundation will get  highest priority on the waiting list. 

Brooklyn Music School will be bringing 10 students from their Mentor Program. 


The Foundation for New American Art mission is to educate, strengthen and nurture the artistic and musical spirit of the children of low-income communities. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-of-possibilities-tickets-364321283767


According to Founder and Executive Director of FNAA, Phoebe Legere, “We have no words to express our gratitude to the people who helped us and fortified our resolve on our beautiful journey: fourteen years of service as a grassroots nonprofit charity organization! Now, the National Endowment for the Arts joins us as partner. Gracias a todos nuestros amigos y vecinos.” 


FNAA grew from a curating and presenting arts organization called the New York Underground Museum to an arts education and cultural resource for children and families. 


The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Foundation for New American Art that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. 

 “Foundation for New American Art in NYC is among the organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.” 

 

According to Legere, “The children we serve attend public schools where 

the budgets for art & music have been cut or drastically eliminated."


Schedule of FREE Events: 


Saturday, July 16:

A multimedia Global Musical Journey in the Fabulan Theater at the
Clemente Cultural and Educational Center 107 Suffolk St. 7-10

-Tamir Hargana, a Mongolian Throat Singer who plays many instruments
including the “Horse Guitar.” Tamir is known for combining Heavy Metal
and traditional Mongolian vocals.

-Maria Raquel, a charismatic singer from Medellin, Columbia with a
powerful voice. Maria is an ambassador for Latin American music.

-Salieu Suso, an “edu-tainer” from Africa. Salieu is a culture bearer
from the thousand year old Griot tradition who plays the Kora.

- Master of Ceremonies will be Phoebe Legere, (Abenaki/Cajun) President
of the Foundation for New American Art. Phoebe will present and
interview the artists in Spanish and English.


Sunday, July 17:

12 - 5 outdoors, FREE, on La Plaza of The Clemente 107 Suffolk St.

Noon – Paintbrushes Not Guns – Painting Workshop

1pm – Colores de Frida – Puppets and Music show about Frida Kahlo 

2pm -  How to Do Mongolian Throat Singing with Master Musician Tamir Hargana

3pm Carolina Jaurena, Learn to Salsa!  - Carolina Juarena -  teaching beginner level Salsa for the whole
family,
4 pm -Nico Wells, Zen Tango – All girl tango dancers with LIVE tango music by Nico Wells of Argentina

4:30 pm The Climax of the Festival de la Posibilidad -  The Rumberos – ft. Paul Nieto
Community Dance on La
Plaza of the Clemente til dark!!!

Let’s DANCE together to integrate the amazing energies of diverse
cultural traditions from all over the globe!

Let’s SING together to celebrate a culture of belonging, tolerance and
inclusion in New York!

Let’s CELEBRATE and GIVE THANKS for the distinguished immigrant
traditions so integral to the powerful and world-changing culture of our
great city!

Communal art practices are the very best way to eradicate the systemic
racism, sexism, ageism, and intolerance that plague us. Dance, song and
art have harmonized and brought mental stability to communities for
100,000 years. It is time to return to organic solutions to modern
problems. The names of our programs tell the story of our mission:

“Paintbrushes not Guns!”
“Let Every Child Sing!”
“Music Teachers Without Borders!”

The two-day Festival de la Posibilidad will be filmed by Haoyan of
America for broadcast on our free educational online show:
“The Color Wheel”
Phoebe Legere is available for interviews, comments on the Festival and
her work in nonprofit arts education.



To learn more, visit our website at foundationfornewamericanart.org


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Foundation for New American Art Hosts 2 day "Festival de la Posibilidad" ! Music * Dance * Workshops * Fun Family Friendly Event * Free and Open to All!


 FESTIVAL OF POSSIBILITIES!

Arts Education Nonprofit Hosts 
Celebration of Cultural Diversity
July 16 & 17, Lower East Side/NYC
NEWYORK, NY--The Foundation for New American Art, an art education nonprofit dedicated to nurturing the visionary artists of tomorrow, is hosting a two-day festival of multi-cultural arts, music, dance and creative experiences for all ages. 
The family friendly free festival of fun will be held July 16 & 17 at The Clemente Cultural and Educational Center, in the heart of the lower east side at 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002 and will feature performances and workshops by master artists and musicians from Africa, Latin America and China. 
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Foundation for New American Art that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. 
“Foundation for New American Art in NYC is using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.” 
Schedule of FREE Events:
Saturday, July 16:
A multimedia Global Musical Journey in the Fabulan Theater at the Clemente Cultural and Educational Center 107 Suffolk St. 7-10
-Tamir Hargana, a Mongolian Throat Singer who plays many instruments including the “Horse Guitar.” Tamir is known for combining Heavy Metal and traditional Mongolian vocals. 
-Maria Raquel, a charismatic singer from Medellin, Columbia with a powerful voice. Maria is an ambassador for Latin American music. 
-Salieu Suso, an “edu-tainer” from Africa. Salieu is a culture bearer from the thousand year old Griot tradition. Salieu plays the Kora.
- Master of Ceremonies will be Phoebe Legere, (Abenaki/Cajun) President of the Foundation for New American Art. Phoebe will present and interview the artists in Spanish and English. 
Sunday, July 17:
11- 5 outdoors, FREE, on La Plaza of The Clemente 107 Suffolk St. 
11 am -Let Every Child Sing –co-led by Tamir Hargana and Phoebe Legere combining traditional vocal techniques from around the world including
- Mongolian singing -(Xoomi) 
-Cumbia Villera (slum cumbia) 
- Open Heart Vocal Technique for children and youth developed by Foundation for New American Art.
All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
12 noon - Paintbrushes Not Guns: Art Workshop for youth children and their caregivers lead by Dr. Barnaby Ruhe
1 pm - Communicating to the Community: Drum Workshop led by Joakim Lartey from Ghana (Bring percussion instruments) 
2 pm -Carolina Jaurena, teaching beginner level Salsa for the whole family, 
3 pm -Nico Wells, a singer from Argentina, and the world-famous “Zen Tango” dancers,
All Day: Games, Puppets, Storytellers
4 pm The Climax of the Festival de la Posibilidad will be The Rumberos – a pan-Latin Dance Orchestra playing live for our Community Dance on La Plaza of the Clemente at 4:30 pm. 
Let’s DANCE together to integrate the amazing energies of diverse cultural traditions from all over the globe!
Let’s SING together to celebrate a culture of belonging, tolerance and inclusion in New York!
Let’s CELEBRATE and GIVE THANKS for the distinguished immigrant traditions so integral to the powerful and world-changing culture of our great city!
Communal art practices are the very best way to eradicate the systemic racism, sexism, ageism, and intolerance that plague us. Dance, song and art have harmonized and brought mental stability to communities for 100,000 years. It is time to return to organic solutions to modern problems. The names of our programs tell the story of our mission: 
“Paintbrushes not Guns!” 
“Let Every Child Sing!”
“Music Teachers Without Borders!”
The two-day Festival de la Posibilidad will be filmed by Haoyan of America for broadcast on our free educational online show:
“The Color Wheel”
Phoebe Legere is available for interviews, comments on the Festival and her work in nonprofit arts education. 
To learn more, visit our website at foundationfornewartamerican.org 
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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Media Covers Phoebe Legere Retrospective at The Bundy Museum: Evanescent Landscapes/Vanishing Women












 On June 3 The Bundy Museum in Binghamton, New York opened RETROSPECTIVE: The Art of Phoebe Legere. The Gallery Opening was followed by a Concert in the Bundy Theater featuring original music by Multi-Disciplinary Artist Legere. 

NBC and ABC news affiliates carried interviews and features on Phoebe leading up to the Opening.

Watch the News Channel 34 feature here:

https://youtu.be/Fw3BafPqqVw




























Earlier in the day, Phoebe appeared on NPR

"The Heart of the East End," Hosted by Award-Winning Journalist Gianna Volpe:

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Listen to the interview here:

https://www.wliw.org/radio/2022/06/03/heart-of-the-east-end-june-3rd-2022/

Phoebe Legere is the first artist and musician to highlight and document the missing Native Women and Girls from North America who have vanished. 

“Across the U.S. and Canada, native women and girls are taken, vanishing at an alarming rate,” said Legere.



According to the group, NATIVE HOPE. Org, thousands of women and girls have gone missing in the past few years, but there is No Single Source For Tracing and compiling the data on these cases.

 

The Urban Indian Health Institute, a research and advocacy organization focused on health in Indigenous communities, found that while the National Crime Information Center tallied nearly 6,000 reports of missing Indigenous women and girls in 2016, only 116 cases had been logged into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, database.

 

“My series VANISHING WOMEN is dedicated to raising awareness for this horrible, staggering negligence,” said Legere.


 


















To learn more:

Urban Indian Health Institute:  U I H I . org

 

MMIWG  Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:   nativehope.org

 

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women:  CSVANW.org